St. John Valley

Valley Unified board passes 700K budget

FORT KENT, Maine — Members of the Valley Unified Education Service Center board on March 15 unanimously passed a proposed $730,020 operating budget for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The nine-member board is composed of representatives from the three Valley Unified partners of SAD 27, SAD 33 and Madawaska School Department.

The individual school boards will now decide whether to approve the proposed budget, which will then go before community voters before it is adopted. 

SAD 27 is responsible for 50.79 percent of the budget costs, Madawaska, 33.7 percent, and SAD 33, 15.51 percent, according to an interlocal agreement all parties signed that apportions financial contribution based on student enrollment figures. 

Two of the school administrative units — SAD 27 and Madawaska — would see a .2 percent decrease in their financial contribution to the Valley Unified partnership based on the proposed budget. 

This results in a savings of $5,200 for SAD 27 taxpayers, and $3,400 for Madawaska taxpayers. 

SAD 33 would see a .5 percent increase, due to property valuations, for an additional $1,015 over last year’s budget.

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